(The Nation) - Billionaire David Koch’s prime political organization, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), having failed in its $125 million quest to oust President Barack Obama, is now aiming at a slightly less sophisticated political target: victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy was the second most costly in American history, leaving 100 lives lost, over $50 billion in devastation and tens of thousands of damaged or destroyed homes. Legislative efforts to help those who survived Hurricane Sandy’s wrath will reach a major stumbling block.
Earlier this week, AFP, which is chaired by Koch and believed to be financed by several other plutocrats from the New York City region, released a letter warning members of Congress not to vote for the proposed federal aid package for victims of the storm that swept New Jersey, New York City and much of the surrounding area in October. An announcement on the group’s website says that the vote next week for the Sandy aid package will be a “key vote”—meaning senators who support sending money for reconstruction could face an avalanche of attack ads in their next election. Already, opposition to the bill is growing, although it passed one procedural hurdle last night.
There is some legitimate criticism with aspects of the legislation, including the fact that some of the money will go to non-Sandy related reconstruction efforts in disaster areas. For AFP, however, the whole bill must die and victims of the storm deserve no help from the government.
The Koch brothers are enemies of all that is good. See above.
Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, (R-Wyo.) on Grover Norquist’s “no-tax” pledge he wrote when he was a twelve-year-old volunteer for Richard Nixon.
This isn’t the first time Simpson has slammed Norquist. In May 2012, he said: “For heaven’s sake, you have Grover Norquist wandering the earth in his white robes saying that if you raise taxes one penny, he’ll defeat you. He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you, as an elected official, is defeat you for reelection. And if that means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when we’re in extremity, you shouldn’t even be in Congress.”
Norquist’s response? To paraphrase, Alan Simpson is a senile old drunk who hurt my feelers.
Just a note to the GOP: When I was twelve, I thought a lot of weird shit should be real. I’ve never made it a policy suggestion — much less a pledge/litmus test — for elected leaders. Why? Because adulthood.
Time to grow up or drown with Grover.(via cognitivedissonance)
This is my reaction to these comments except I kept saying, “What’s wrong Bill? Are you mad?”(via thenoobyorker)
Headline of the night. And it’s still 50/50 in Minnesota.
Now, wouldn’t that just be the cherry on top?
Colbert has advice for some members of the GOP or:
who continually drop the ‘R’ word. [x]
I have to give Stephen credit where credit is due.
Finally! I’ve been waiting for this gif
Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock on abortion and pregnancy resulting from rape.
Essentially, if you have a uterus, and you become pregnant from a rape, just remember — that’s God turning rapey lemons into blessed unwanted lemonade. </sarcasm>
Oh, and what’s that Mitt Romney? You’re supporting him? In an ad posted this Sunday that’s all over Indiana’s airwaves?
Yep, because there’s nothing worse than Obamacare amirite? Y’know, other than being forced to bear your rapist’s child because your senator said his God said it should be so…
In a statement released this evening, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said: “Richard Mourdock’s rape comments are outrageous and demeaning to women. Unfortunately, they’ve become part and parcel of the modern Republican Party’s platform toward women’s health, as Congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan have worked to outlaw all abortions and even narrow the definition of rape. As Mourdock’s most prominent booster and the star of Mourdock’s current campaign ads, Mitt Romney should immediately denounce these comments and request that the ad featuring him speaking directly to camera on Mourdock’s behalf be taken off the air.”
Agreed. Your move, governor.(via cognitivedissonance)
How did Wyoming get fired from the U.S. and Ohio got to stay? I call shenanigans.
Dear Ohio, please let this long gif of Obama explain this to you:
“I’m a black, gay woman. I think the only way for the GOP to hate me more is if I sent them a video of me rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.” - Wanda Sykes